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Holocaust Day - The Time Is Ripe For A Jewish Apology

Indeed, I take this opportunity to make an apology, even though I have not been a Jew for quite a while.

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Learn more about Gilad by visiting his Website

(LONDON) - A mass protest in Paris on Sunday against French President François Hollande turned into an anti-Jewish demonstration and ended in clashes between police and protesters.

Seemingly, Jewish organisations around the world are scared by the recent developments in France. Once again, they clearly failed to appreciate the growing mass fatigue of Shoah indoctrination and belligerent lobby politics. However, I would contend that instead of whining about the “rise of anti-Semitism”, Jews better, once and for all, learn to ask why? Why the Jews again? Why are they hated? What is it in Jewish politics that evokes so much resentment? Why does it happen time after time?

It wasn’t easy for me to admit in my latest book that Jewish suffering is actually embedded in Jewish culture. In other words, Jews are actually destined to bring disasters on themselves. Jewish politics and culture, unfortunately, is obnoxious, abusive, as well as racist, and supremacist to the bone. Jewish culture is set to infuriate the Goyim just because Jews are defined by negation – that chilling sensation of being hated.

Interestingly enough, early Zionism, was a promise to change it all. Herzl, Nordau, Borochov and Weizmann believed that a “homecoming project” would transform the Diaspora Jews into ethical new Israelites.  They were sure that a settlement project would make the Jew lovable and respected.  But they were obviously wrong. Zionism was destined to crash.  In spite of being driven by anti-Jewish sentiments, Zionism was quickly defeated by Jewishness (Jewish spirit, culture and ideology). It matured into a vile chauvinist amplification of every possible crude Jewish symptom it was initially supposed to eradicate.

Many Jews around the world are commemorating the Holocaust this week. But if I am correct, maybe the time is ripe for Jewish and Zionist organisations to draw the real and most important lesson from the Holocaust. Instead of constantly blaming the Goyim for inflicting pain on Jews, it is time for Jews to look in the mirror and try to identify what it is in Jews and their culture that evokes so much fury. It may even be possible that some Jews would take this opportunity to apologise to the Gentiles around them for evoking all this anger.

Indeed, I take this opportunity to make an apology, even though I have not been a Jew for quite a while.

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power in particular - available on Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

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Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel in 1963 and had his musical training at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). As a multi-instrumentalist he plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Clarinet and Flutes. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He has been described by John Lewis on the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz".

Gilad Atzmon's essays are widely published. His novels 'Guide to the perplexed' and 'My One And Only Love' have been translated into 24 languages.

As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys and many others. Learn more about Gilad by visiting his Website

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merkava February 5, 2014 3:49 pm (Pacific time)

the biggest self-hating jew in the world.

That is so funny, Gilad loves everybody, his self esteem is endless  However like other human rights activists, he is disgusted with religious identity politics regardless of what faith.  There is no question that Jewish voices in this fight bring the occupation plenty of bad attention, why not speak out about what is wrong?  Apartheid is an archaic practice, Israel is making people live in the stone age.  Why not try fixing Israel instead of writing sully false things? - just a suggestion. 


Dorothy S. Wigod January 30, 2014 7:33 am (Pacific time)

There is so much hatred in the world. When I was a child growing up in an Irish Catholic Boston neighborhood, the little boy next door said to me, "We hate the English; who do you hate?"


Austin King January 28, 2014 4:34 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you Mr. Atzmon for bravely stating the Truth, in an age of mass-propaganda.

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